Pete Yates

Areopagitica: lost?

by Pete Yates

The relationship between religion and freedom of expression has been called into question again in recent weeks. UCL’s Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society advertised its weekly drinks social with a cartoon apparently depicting Jesus and Mohammed drinking together at a bar. Following a number of complaints from students who were offended by the depiction of Mohammed, and perhaps conscious of the tension created by the actions of the UCL-educated “underwear bomber”, the UCL SU demanded that the image be removed from the society’s facebook page. Although the SU has now conceded that it cannot force the society to remove the offending image, there is a continuing threat of disciplinary proceedings against the committee on the grounds that the image constituted “an act of bullying, prejudice, harassment or discrimination”.

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